Series: The Colony 01
Author: J. Tomas
Genre: Futuristic/Young Adult
Length: Novel (58,000 words)
Publisher: JMS Books (Queerteen division)
Heat Level: None
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb:Sixteen-year-old Aine lives in the Colony, and his whole life was decided before he was born. In two years, he will marry the girl next door, Brin, who was assigned as his Other at birth. Then he will be given a position in the Colony’s workforce that best suits his talents. Each night he takes four pills, like everyone else in the Colony, and he knows the pills keep them safe and their world in order.
Everything is fine. Perfect, in fact. Until Aine accidentally drops one of his pills.
Terrified, he tries to hide the mistake, but when he dreams for the first time in his life, he discovers all he’s been missing. What scares him more than not taking the pill, though, is how alive his dreams make him feel. Because it isn’t Brin, he dreams of, but his best friend Kyer.
Suddenly Aine’s world turns upside down, and he doesn’t know what to think or who to trust. All he knows for sure is he’s falling in love with Kyer, which is forbidden by the Colony’s Code, and he will do anything to protect their budding relationship.
Even if it means defying the Overseer and leaving the Colony behind.
Review: Aine is sixteen and lives in what they have believed to be a perfect world. The colony has no fighting, no hunger; everyone has the same and is supplied by the Colony. Everyone follows the code. There are pills for that. Then one day Aine drops his blue pill and accidently crushes it. He is afraid of being caught by a monitor. For the first time in his life, he dreams. (So that’s what the blue pills are for to keep you from dreaming) He dreams of his best friend Kyer, his hand on his knee, the feelings that he can’t get over. Then Aine’s life changes drastically.
This was one of those unexpected gems you find. The blurb sounded good so I decided to take a chance. I sure am glad I did. This book is one of the best futuristic worlds I have red in a while. It’s simple, intriguing, well written with a slight humorous twist. I will say it brought back memories of an old sci-fi movie Solent Green but with a teenage spin.
I loved how this deals with the Colony controlled people’s thoughts, feelings, entire lives with pills. It’s sweet, intriguing and thought provoking. I loved how the other would repeat a question as a statement it really pounded home the thoughts. I couldn’t put this down once I started and near the end found myself holding my breath. I cannot wait for the next.
I highly recommend this to anyone that loves a good Sci- fi or futuristic world, a sweet love story and Young adult or coming of age.